Pasadena is known for its abundance of renowned cultural institutions, many within walking distance of one another. From fine art to Finnish Folk, Pasadena museums deliver on content, collection diversity and historical significance.
Full Day – One Attraction
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens easily fills a full day or more. Arrange for a 90-minute guided tour to get an overview of the art and gardens. Tea service is available and requires a reservation, or enjoy lunch a’la cart at the Café.
Full Day – Two or More Attractions
Norton Simon Museum is located just two blocks from the Gamble House and Pasadena Museum, making it possible to visit all in one day for a full day of art, architecture and culture. If you only have a few hours at the Norton Simon Museum, with its vast array of European and Asian art, arrange for a guide or use the self-guided audio tour for selected sections you wish to view.
A guided tour of the Craftsman masterpiece known as the Gamble House, circa 1908, takes about an hour.
Pasadena Museum of History is home to the Fenyes Mansion, which still retains all of its original furnishings dating back to 1905. The campus also includes the Finnish Folk Art Museum and History Center Galleries. Choose to visit one or all of the facilities.
The Pacific Asia Museum, which is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and understanding of the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific can easily be explored in 45–90 minutes.
For those interested in California art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art is situated directly adjacent to the Pacific Asia Museum. the Pasadena Museum of California, which can be toured in 90 minutes or less, makes a nice add on for a morning of local and International culture.
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The Armory Center for the Arts is located in Old Pasadena and lies within walking distance of Pasadena City Hall, making this an easy add-on to any itinerary. Meanwhile, the Williamson Gallery displays cutting-edge works at a unique gallery located at the Art Center College of Design above the Rose Bowl Stadium.